WSU Virtually Dedicates Plant Sciences Building

Washington State University held a virtual dedication for the new Plant Sciences Building Monday. Due to the ongoing pandemic, WSU officials released a video to celebrate the opening of the new state of the art collaborative research facility on the Pullman campus. The $66 million building was funded by the Washington State Legislature. Construction of […]

Kretz: More Needs To Be Done To Prevent Massive Wildfires Before They Start

During October’s Washington Policy Center Virtual Farm Hall, members of the Ag community gathered to discuss some of the key issues facing the farming community now and into the future. And one of those topics was wildfires. Wildfires have caused a great amount of damage to the Washington Ag community in recent years, whether it […]

NW Growers Perform Well In National Wheat Yield Contest

The National Association of Wheat Growers Foundation’s is out with the winners of the 2020 National Wheat Yield Contest, and the Northwest faired very well this year. This year’s Bin Buster winners include winners from Oregon, Washington and Idaho. NAWG said their Wheat Yield Contest offers growers the opportunity to compete with farmers from across […]

Time Running Out For Those That Need Pesticide Credits

The global pandemic has already brought with it a long list challenges for the Washington Ag community, and as the year begins to close another challenge has started to develop. Obtaining pesticide recertification credits has become a challenging issue for many growers across the Evergreen State. WSU Small Grains Extension Scientist Drew Lyon said there […]

Despite Good News Virus Still Weighs On Oil Prices

Thanks to a variety of uncertainties over the past couple of months, the coronavirus continues to dominate fuel and oil price news. In Monday’s trade, West Texas Crude was trading slightly above $41 per barrel, virtually the same price we’ve seen for weeks. Daniel Yergin, HIS Market Vice Chairman recently told Fox Business News that […]

China-Led Trade Pact Signed

The ink is officially dry on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, signed by China and 14 other nations over the weekend. The New York Times said the signing ceremony came about after eight years of talks leading up to one of the world’s largest regional free-trade agreements. While the pact is somewhat limited in scope, […]

Duvall: Technology Changing The Lives Of Farmers In A Variety Of Ways

Technology is changing every aspect of our lives, the that’s very true in farm country. “We have 2,700 county farm bureaus across the country and field reps from state farm bureaus there and we worked hard with those county leaders to get used to using Zoom. I mean we actually had to have 1600 country […]

County Committee Elections Underway

With the November general election behind us, the USDA is reminding all eligible farmers and ranchers to check their mailbox for another important ballot. Voting is now open for the 2020 USDA Farm Service Agency County Committee elections. “Now through December 7th farmers and ranchers and eligible administrative areas can cast their votes for who […]

First Hemp Organization Officially Recognized by USDA Foreign Ag Service

The National Industrial Hemp Council announced last week it had received $200,000 in funds from the USDA’s Market Access Program. Those funds will support export market development for industrial hemp. “We are grateful for the USDA confidence and the recognition of NIHC as the industry leader in industrial hemp trade and marketing,” says Kevin Latner, […]